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Published May 07, 2012, 04:05 PM

ND planting, crop emergence ahead of schedule

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The planting of North Dakota's small grains remains ahead of schedule, and crops are emerging faster than the average pace of development.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The planting of North Dakota's small grains remains ahead of schedule, and crops are emerging faster than the average pace of development.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture in its weekly crop, livestock and weather report says that barley is 73 percent planted, ahead of 2 percent last year and the five-year average of 32 percent. Its emergence advanced 15 percentage points.

Durum wheat is 55 percent planted and 19 percent emerged, and spring wheat is 82 percent planted and 41 percent emerged.

The planting and emergence of oats, canola, corn, peas and potatoes are all ahead of schedule.

The USDA says precipitation in the state was generally beneficial, although it slowed fieldwork in some areas.

Calving is 90 percent complete and lambing is 95 percent complete.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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